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A Guide to Comparative Literature

Research Guide to support Comparative Literature at Washington University.

What is a primary source?

Material that provides a first-hand account of a subject or event. Examples include diaries, photographs, interviews, and original research studies. Sometimes referred to as original sources or source material.

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Search the WU Catalog for Primary Sources

To search for primary sources, include "sources" as a subject keyword in Advanced Search. For letters, include "correspondence". For diaries, include "diaries".

Search for books using Washington University Libraries' catalog.

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